Ecological summary

Burial grounds are fantastic places for biodiversity, often containing species rich grassland which was once widespread in the UK. The walls and monuments create habitat for amphibians, reptiles, small mammals and invertebrates as well as ferns, mosses and liverworts. Of the 2,000 lichen species in the UK, 700 are found in churchyards with a third of these rarely found elsewhere. Check for thrushes feeding on yew berries and swifts and bats under the eaves.

Caring for God's Acre is a national charity dedicated to supporting those managing burial grounds for conservation and heritage purposes. More information on the support offered can be found on their website here: To view the occurrence records in this burial ground click on the View records button underneath the map.

Ancient & Veteran Trees

The UK holds a globally important population of veteran and ancient yew trees of which three-quarters are found in the churchyards of England and Wales. There are about 800 of these ancient and veteran yews, aged from 500 to several 1,000 years old, with no known upper age limit. Burial grounds may contain veteran trees of other species.

Burial grounds may also contain veteran trees of other species, acting as hosts to a wealth of associated plants, animals, lichen and fungi.

Bats and Swifts

Bats – Bats use both the buildings and also the mature and veteran trees within burial grounds to roost, breed and overwinter. These places are relatively unchanging and so populations may have built up over centuries. In addition, bats may forage and feed over the grassland and other vegetation, taking advantage of the wide variety of insect species to be found.

Swifts – The eaves, roofs, towers and steeples of historic churches and chapels, combined with the space around them for accessing nooks and crannies make burial grounds excellent for nesting swifts. These buildings are relatively unchanging and so populations may have built up over centuries. Nests are hard to find and so surveying is crucial for good management.

[counting] species

This map contains both point- and grid-based occurrences at different resolutions


datasets have provided data to the NBN Atlas Beautiful Burial Grounds for this place.

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Other Heritage Information

Group Species

[counting] species

This map contains both point- and grid-based occurrences at different resolutions

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Taxa No. of records Most recent record
Acer pseudoplatanus (Sycamore) 1 2023
Agrostis (Bent Grass) 1 2023
Amblystegium serpens (Creeping Feather-moss) 1 1999
Anthriscus sylvestris (Cow Parsley) 1 2023
Aspicilia calcarea 1 1980
Bagliettoa parmigera s. lat. 1 1980
Barbula unguiculata (Bird's-claw Beard-moss) 1 1999
Brachythecium rutabulum (Rough-stalked Feather-moss) 1 1999
Bryonia dioica (White Bryony) 1 2023
Bryum argenteum (Silver-moss) 1 1999
Bryum capillare (Capillary Thread-moss) 1 1999
Bryum klinggraeffii (Raspberry Bryum) 1 1999
Bryum radiculosum (Wall Thread-moss) 1 1999
Bryum rubens (Crimson-tuber Thread-moss) 1 1999
Bryum violaceum (Pill Bryum) 1 1999
Caloplaca aurantia 1 1980
Caloplaca flavescens 1 1980
Caloplaca flavocitrina 1 1980
Caloplaca oasis 1 1980
Caloplaca ruderum 1 1980
Caloplaca saxicola 1 1980
Caloplaca teicholyta 1 1980
Calystegia sepium (Hedge Bindweed) 1 2023
Candelariella medians f. medians 1 1980
Candelariella vitellina f. vitellina 1 1980
Ceratodon purpureus (Redshank) 1 1999
Dicranella staphylina (Field Forklet-moss) 1 1999
Didymodon insulanus (Cylindric Beard-moss) 1 1999
Didymodon rigidulus (Perthshire Beard-moss) 1 1999
Didymodon vinealis (Soft-tufted Beard-moss) 1 1999
Diploicia canescens 1 1980
Diplotomma alboatrum 1 1980
Dirina massiliensis f. sorediata 1 1980
Geranium dissectum (Cut-leaved Crane's-bill) 1 2023
Geranium molle (Dove's-foot Crane's-bill) 1 2023
Grimmia pulvinata (Grey-cushioned Grimmia) 1 1999
Holcus lanatus (Yorkshire-fog) 1 2023
Homalothecium sericeum (Silky Wall Feather-moss) 1 1999
Hordeum murinum (Wall Barley) 1 2023
Hypnum cupressiforme (Cypress-leaved Plait-moss) 1 1999
Ilex aquifolium (Holly) 1 2023
Jacobaea vulgaris (Common Ragwort) 1 2023
Kindbergia praelonga (Common Feather-moss) 1 1999
Lamium 1 2023
Lathagrium auriforme 1 1980
Lecanora orosthea 1 1980
Lecanora sulphurea 1 1980
Leucanthemum vulgare (Oxeye Daisy) 1 2023
Malva sylvestris (Common Mallow) 1 2023
Melanelixia fuliginosa 1 1980

Charts showing breakdown of occurrence records ([counting] records)

Data sets Licence Records